What Kind Of Friend Are You?

He chose twelve.  Apparently Jesus had many disciples, but He chose twelve to be apostles.  Two of them stand out to me: Simon Peter and Judas Iscariot.  Peter the denier and Judas the traitor.  Peter, the one who said he would never deny the Lord, did just that.  He was one of Jesus’ best friends and yet said that he didn’t even know Him.  We might think, looking back in history, that it was a low-down thing to do.  How could Peter do such a thing?  Are we any better?  We may not deny Jesus with our words, but what about our lives?  Are we living in such a way that we’re acknowledging the Son of God?  Do our thoughts, words and deeds deny the fact that we have a relationship with Christ?
Judas betrayed Jesus.  Jesus knew that he would, yet chose him to be one of His disciples.  He chose Judas.  In the grand scheme of things someone had to do it.  How that kiss of betrayal must have stung!  Not only Jesus’ cheek, but the sting in His heart would have been greater!  One of His own friends betraying Him into the hands of those who would crucify Him.  For what?!?  A little money?  Notoriety?  Did Judas want to force Jesus’ hand and make Him overthrow the Romans?  Whatever the motivation, the end did not justify the means in Judas’ eyes.  He hung himself in remorse and regret.
What kinds of followers and friends are we being to Jesus?  Do we deny Him?  Would we give Him up for the things of this world?  It is something to ponder this weekend as we gather to worship Him with our church families.  Jesus calls us His friends.  What kind of friend am I to Him?

Luke 6:12-16 (NIV)

The Twelve Apostles

12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. 13 When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: 14 Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, 15 Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, 16 Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

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